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How do I weigh this Percheron?

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  • How do I weigh this Percheron?

    Can you buy Draft horse weight measuring tapes?

    The horse is a boarder - owner lives out of state. He'll be with me for about 7 months, and I want to weight tape him monthly and keep a log for the owner.

    Hauling him to the scale at the feed store is out of the question (not my horse - won't fit in my trailer - don't have permission to take him anywhere, even if he did fit.)

    I put the stick on him yesterday and he's 16.3 1/2 so he's a small'ish sized Percheron.

    Thanks in advance

  • #2
    There is a formula you can use:



    • #3
      Calculate the increments on a weighing tape. Measure him with a regular measuring tape, then convert. Or just give them the measurements, since the weight tape's completely inaccurate anyway.


      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by jlc102482 View Post
        There is a formula you can use:

        I did find that page, but the weight tape I have has completely different numbers then their "Purina" tape.

        There really is no draft weight tape anywhere to buy?


        • #5
          If there is a draft weight tape available, Meader Supply would be the place to find it:


          They could probably give you some good ideas on weighing if they don't carry a draft tape. They're very helpful.


          • #6
            My perch TB cross is almost exactly the same height and he weighs right at 1700 lbs. I had the feed company weigh him. I was surprised that he was that heavy. He really isn't fat for his body type. He has really thick bone. He weighs almost the same as my Holsteiner who is over 18HH.


            • #7

              I use the formula above for mine. I have found it to be fairly accurate, which reminds me I should load a few up to take to the scale and weigh.

              Do you have any idea what this horses breeding is? Will you supply photos of him? I have Percherons myself so I am always curious to see what other people have when they post about them.


              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by jlc102482 View Post
                There is a formula you can use:

                Ok, I measured his heartgirth (3 times and averaged the 3 toghether) and got 85.5 inches, which would be around 1,600 lbs. I don't see how that can be right. The big Paint is 1,450 on the weight tape, and the Percheron looks like a behemoth next to him. I would have guessed at least 1,800. His owner was thinking 2,000 but that did seem high to me.


                Couple pics from yesterday.


                • #9
                  no answer but what a breathtaking animal. i'm a big fan of the drafts!!!!! he is beautiful!


                  • #10
                    He is beautiful.
                    Off topic: How do your Arabs react to him? My Arab, in his old age, is completely intimidated by the bigger guys. Baby teeth chattering intimidated. I hate to see that - sometimes I wish he was bigger just so he could stand down the bullies.


                    • #11
                      That's why the weight tapes are so inaccurate. They're kind of useless actually.

                      The taped weight of the Paint might not be anywhere near actual weight, so don't compare that to other horse's weights.

                      Gal was 1640 lbs on a scale...she taped 1200. Pete taped at a hefty 1250...same as Gal taped more or less despite a 9" difference in height! And Pete's actual weight is 1010.

                      Unfortunately the easiest method for us to get an estimate on livestock weight is completely useless. Which stinks. Not many people have access to a large scale.
                      You jump in the saddle,
                      Hold onto the bridle!
                      Jump in the line!


                      • #12

                        this is the way I was taught, and what we used when we had to determine dose for doxy for lyme treatment.

                        I preferred using this method that the tape...which is not as accurate I do not think as this method. I just divide by 300, and don't add or subtract 50, unless I think the horse is plump or thin.
                        save lives...spay/neuter/geld


                        • Original Poster

                          Ok thanks everyone for the good advice! I'll check out the cowboyway link in a minute.

                          He really is a gorgeous horse. I don't know anything about his breeding or bloodlines. He was an Amish work horse, that's about all I know. I just trimmed his feet out in the paddock and he didn't even have a halter on. Just stood there sleeping. What a good boy I've been trimming him since this Spring and he's easier than some of the ponies I do.

                          As for the Arabs, yes they are scared of him. I saw Sweets do the chattery mouth thing and she hasn't done that since she was a baby.


                          • #14
                            Looking at the photos I would have guessed 1700-1800 pounds. I am pretty dead on in looking and getting their weight-within 100 pounds.

                            He looks just like my stallion (who's a Percheron/TB) just about the same height and Miracle is 1750 pounds, and he's got a beer belly too.

                            Horses in some ways are like people. Stand two people together who weight the same and they may look very different.

                            Case in point. a few years ago my biggest TB broodie had just foaled. We had to take her to Cornell b/c we thought she was colicing. They have a scale. Get this, my 16.2 hand mare weighted over 1700 pounds! My eyes almost bugged out. Her colt was 11 hands and weighed 125 pounds at 2 days old.


                            • #15
                              I would like to get a better look at him without the fuzzy photoshopping. He looks nice. About trimming in the pasture, doesn't this mess up your perception a bit since the ground could be uneven? Or do you have a flat, dirt area in the pasture to use.